Tanzania’s Africa Volunteer Corps Announces Visualize Change Fundraiser in New York

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Africa Volunteer Corps (AVC), a new non-profit organization, is pleased to an- nounce Visualize Change. Organized in part- nership with AfriMETRO and the Council of Young African Leaders, and the CUNY Uni- versity Student Senate, the October 9th Visu- alize Change event will feature award-winning short films, a panel discussion, a silent auc- tion, a catered reception and the presentation of the AVC Action Award Saran Kaba Jones, founder of FACE Africa.

AVC founder Caitlin Kelley hopes the event will “change the conversation about Africa, put African voices front and center, and inspire positive action while raising funds for Africa Volunteer Corps.” AVC will screen the films, Africa Rising, recipient of the Official Selection of FESPACO Film Festival (Burkina Faso) and Zanzibar International Film Festival, and The Thing That Happened, winner of the Grand Jury Prize, Best Short Documentary, United Nations As- sociation Film Festival (among others). Panelists will include Dalumuzi Mhlanga, Founder and CEO of Lead Us Today; Divine Muragijimana, President of the Council of Young African Lead- ers; Paula Heredia, the director of Africa Rising; and an appearance by the directors of the Sala- ma Center, one of AVC’s local NGO placements in Tanzania.
AVC provides service fellowships to passionate and culturally fluent African youth, equip- ping a generation of grassroots development leaders to create change from the ground up. Vol- unteers participate in paid fellowships with African NGOs where they gain the job skills and real world work experience necessary to envision and create a positive African future.
Next year, AVC will place 20 fellows with local development projects across Tanzania. Seventy per cent of sub-Saharan Africa’s population is under the age of 30 so AVC aims to em- power and mentor youths to play a vital role in shaping their futures and with them, Africa’s future. Supporting this game-changing organization is an exciting opportunity to put Africans in charge of development in their own societies and take the lid off African potential.
Visualize Change takes place on Tuesday October 9th at 5:30pm at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, 35 West 67th Street in New York.

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